10 Feb 2016

Wild card Maripa into Rotterdam quarterfinals

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Photo: Hannie VerhoevenEvans Maripa (RSA)

Evans Maripa made the most of his wild card for the ABN AMRO World Wheelchair Tennis Tournament, part of the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour, as when he joined Gustavo Fernandez, Maikel Scheffers and Stefan Olsson in reaching the singles quarterfinals on the second day of the ITF 1 Series event in Rotterdam.

With 12 of the world’s top 16 men in Rotterdam, world No. 16 Maripa beat world No. 8 Takashi Sanada 46 64 62 as the South African No. 1 booked a last eight contest against Australian Open champion Gordon Reid after defeating Sanada for the third time in their ten career head-to-heads.

“This is a huge win for me and I knew I had to work hard after being awarded the wild card. This serves as a great motivation to keep pushing and keeping my dreams alive of breaking into the top 10. I look forward to Thursday’s challenge against Gordon Reid who I have never beaten in the two encounters we met. So I will be hoping to turn the tables”, said Maripa. 

“After going down in the doubles with Sanada I knew I had to make a difference in the singles and I am very excited and proud of my performance”, added Maripa. 

There was another reversal in the rankings, but not necessarily an upset in form, as Stefan Olsson also booked his place in the last eight when the world No. 10 ranked Swede beat world No. 9 Tom Egberink 36 62 60.

Olsson bounced back from dropping the opening set to forge a 4-0 second set lead and went on to complete his sixth win over Egberink in seven meetings, earning a quarterfinal against second seed Nicolas Peifer.

With Stephane Houdet and Peifer occupying the top two seedings, Michael Jeremiasz made a good start to his quest to make it three Frenchmen in the last eight as he took on fellow former world No. 1 Scheffers. However Scheffers gained the all-important service breaks towards the end of the second and third sets to wrap up a 36 36 64 victory and gain his first singles win over Jeremiasz since January 2013.

While Scheffers now plays recent Australian Open and 2015 Rotterdam runner-up Joachim Gerard, Gustavo Fernandez began the defence of his singles title with a comfortable 63 62 win over Frederic Cattaneo.

Scheffers and Fernandez both go into Thursday’s third day of play in Rotterdam with early singles and doubles wins to their credit so far.

Egberink and Scheffers eventually sealed the sixth and last match point they had earned the in the deciding match tiebreak of their doubles quarterfinal on the opening day of play to defeat Cattaneo and Jeremiasz 46 63 (10-8). They will play top seeds Houdet and Peifer on Thursday for a place in the final.

Fernandez and Gerard will meet second seeds Olsson and Reid in their semifinal following their 64 64 win over Maripa and Sanada.   

Men's Singles Draw

Men's Doubles Draw